ARSHT THEATER MIAMI PRESS PREVIEWS

Come along with us to the Arsht Center press previews when we go backstage to interview the cast and get a private preview of some of the numbers.


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The special press preview featured the stars singing just for us and afterwards we got to speak with them about the show. Learn how one of them got the part by accident and experience some of their fabulous ‘attitude.’ The really upbeat music comes straight from the seventies.
We understand that this presentation of Sister Act is the most exciting performance since Whoppi!

Sister Act is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “Ridiculously fun!” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to Rejoice!

We are here at the Press Preview at the Arsht for the current production of their ‘The Magnificents.’ We see samples of some fine acrobatics and we are dazzled by samples of mystifying magic tricks.  How often do you get to see a real magician performing magic live on stage…..bring the kids!

Regional Premiere!
Story and magic by Dennis Watkins.
Directed by Nathan Allen.
Presented in partnership with The House Theatre of Chicago.

“Top-drawer magic from the formidable Watkins repertoire (more than enough to greatly entertain most magic-loving folks of all ages)!”
– Chicago Tribune
Following the smash hit, Death and Harry Houdini, third generation magician Dennis Watkins reappears in THE MAGNIFICENTS! This original story by Watkins features an extraordinary family that brings magical entertainment to the crowds. As their glory and popularity begin to fade, the aging star of the show takes a young boy under his wing and teaches him all his tricks – and much more.

This touching story of the legacy we can leave before we let go is told with stunning feats of magic and spectacular aerial circus acts! See Watkins vanish before your very eyes!

Instead of going backstage for the PRESS PREVIEW, we went to the Miami Children’s Museum for a special NEWSIES KIDS WORKSHOP with a lucky class of 4th graders. Performers from the show taught an amazing singing, dancing and acting workshop. I couldn’t keep up with it, but these Miami kids really shined!

In this PRESS PREVIEW see interviews with the cast and watch selected clips from the show that they performed just for us.
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
“It will take you somewhere wonderful!”
– The New York Times
DreamCatcher Theatre’s beautiful new production of INTO THE WOODS takes place in the fairytale kingdom of the Brothers Grimm where, once upon a time, a baker and his wife were sent on a quest into the woods by a mysterious witch. Thrust into a world of magic and adventure, they find their story intertwined with a group of legendary characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and a certain young man named Jack who happens to have some very magical beans.

Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics and gorgeous music, paired with Lapine’s captivating book, make this Tony Award-winning musical about wishes, chasing your dreams, and the importance of the stories we tell our children both magical and deeply touching.

DreamCatcher Theatre, led by Miami native brother-sister team Natalie and JJ Caruncho, is South Florida’s newest regional theater company making its Miami debut with this wonderful production at the Arsht Center.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

“One of the most enchanting love stories of all time, and this touring production rocked my world!” – DC Theater Scene

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY EVER TOLD COMES TO LIFE!

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Miami! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.  Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Adrienne Arsht Center!

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Miloš Karadaglić, guitar

Come with us to a special morning performance for 4th grade Miami-Dade school children and hear from Giancarlo and Milos.

The Cleveland Orchestra opens its 2014-15 Miami season with Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Inspired by the fountains and gardens of the palace of Aranjuez, Rodrigo’s concerto is elegant, distinctively Spanish. It is arguably the best known composition for guitar, thanks in no small part to the extraordinary beauty of its central Adagio. The 2014-2015 season opener at the Arsht Center, Miami on November 14-15, 2014.

TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien

RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnol


We go back stage for the press preview of Cinderella at the Arsht Center and meet the stars.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Broadway Across America invited members of the media to an exclusive press event to celebrate the South Florida premiere of the stunning new production of EVITA, the Tony Award-winning musical recently revived on Broadway.
Attendees were treated to a special performance of the hits songs “High Flying Adored” and “Another Suitcase” and were also able to conduct one-on-one interviews with lead actors Caroline Bowman (Eva),
Josh Young (Che), Sean MacLaughlin (Perón) and Krystina Alabado (Mistress). Hear what they have to say about their rolls and this new production of Evita.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical plays at the Arsht Center from May 27 – June 1, 2014.
EVITA closes the Broadway in Miami 2013-2014 subscription season presented by Bank of America.

The Blue Man Group gave us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the props they use to make the amazing music in their show. We see some of the scenes from the show and hear about their makeup applying process.


Another press preview at the Arsht. This time in the black box theater with a fantastic play by the House Theatre of Chicago. Meet some of the stars of the show.

“Wonderfully imaginative stagecraft and a unique approach to movement!” – Chicago Sun-Times

Radio Falls, Mich., has been trapped in perpetual winter for a generation and the constant blizzard surrounding the town means there’s no way in or out. The last moment of heated passion brought the town its only remaining youth: a young girl named Rose. It is up to her to save Radio Falls from the vicious curse of the Rime Witch. But when she succeeds, Radio Falls discovers the witch’s magic coin has two sides.

The creators of the sold-out hit, Death and Harry Houdini, and last season’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, A Magical New Play, bring you this modern version of The House’s favorite myth — a reminder that anything powerful enough to fulfill your dreams is powerful enough to destroy them.

The first video on the list is a case study of Fuerza Bruta and why and how the executives at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida masterminded the highly successful run of the performance art theater piece Fuerza Bruta. Although the play had been running in NY for two years, the Arsht Center took it to a whole new level. Hear from the President and CEO John Richard and VP Scott Shiller about how they made their vision a reality and the obstacles they had to overcome. Meet famous restauranteur Barton G and see how he transformed the second largest stage in the US to an entrance lounge and after party nightclub. This video production garnered a standing ovation at the recent convention of theater CEO’s. Produced and directed by award winning director Richard Fendelman for the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts, Miami-Dade County.


Press day at the Arsht Center in Miami to interview the inside of a horse. Not just any horse, but Joey from the stage play Warhorse. Meet the puppeteers and see how they do it.

“Theatrical magic! Thrilling!” — The New York Times A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. As World War I begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London, New York and Toronto. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

 

Come along with us to the backstage PRESS preview of the Broadway musical ‘ONCE’ at the Arsht Center. Interviews with the stars and a private performance of “Falling Slowly”, winner of the Best Original Song Oscar®

“Unusually fun and heartfelt musical theater!” – The New Yorker

Once, Broadway’s 2012 Tony Award-winning Best Musical based on the Academy Award-winning film, tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. 

Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty…and unforgettable in every way.

Come along with us to the press preview of the first Broadway play that the Arsht Center has presented in their Carnival Studio Theater space. Not only were we treated to two of the ‘killer’ musical numbers from the show, we had an opportunity to interview some of the cast. Most of the cast grew up right here in Miami.

Presented in partnership with Zoetic Stage, this is a wonderful musical directed by award winner Stuart Meltzer.

“Sondheim’s astonishing score takes staples of American folk, pop and ceremonial music and turns them inside out!”
– The New York Times

Winner of five 2004 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Assassins is the show that gives new meaning to the phrase “killer musical.” With a stylish Stephen Sondheim score and a provocative book by John Weidman, Assassins brings to the stage a (shooting) gallery of some of history’s most notorious players — the men and women who have attempted to kill American presidents.

This striking work looks at the lives, loves and lunacy of nine American assassins, including John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Lee Harvey Oswald and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. Both serious and satirical, the musical asks what hunger drove these people to their actions and what binds them all together. Is that drive what makes them quintessentially American?
“A new breed of musical – it’s brilliant” – BBC Newsnight Review

We Will Rock You Press Conference Performance Arsht Center

From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton comes to Miami for a limited engagement! We Will Rock You features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group Queen. Now in its 11th year in London and seen by a staggering 15 million people worldwide, this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes that you just can’t resist singing along to, such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.” It’s the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don’t miss the party.

We were there at the press conference to hear the four main characters in the play perform an acoustical medley. We also were able to talk to them one-on-one. It was really great to get to know these extremely talented actors. We saw the play the night before and it was great! The thing that amazed me was the strength of each of their voices that carried throughout the entire show. As one of the actors said in the interview, this cast was chosen for their exceptional vocal strength and vitality.

8CHO AT ARSHT CENTER BEHIND-THE-SCENES

The Ziff Ballet Opera House will be transformed into a “sexy, exhilarating, gravity-defying world” (Ottawa Citizen) by more than a dozen aerialists, dancers and musicians who perform entire routines in the air. Suspended on ropes high above the stage, performers leap, swivel and fly through the air, creating a sultry kaleidoscopic of movement and action set to an achingly cool original hip-hop and tango-infused score performed by a live orchestra.
http://www.ArtsAndCultureTv.com was on the stage with a behind-the-scenes look and a preview of this exciting show. Learn the history behind the creation of 8cho from creator and choreographer Brenda Angiel.

ArtsAndCultureTv.com and miamiartzine.com were there together at the Media Event for the opening of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center.   All of the local tv channels were backstage to interview the director and cast members.  We were more interested in talking to Wardrobe Supervisor Gillian Austin about all of those amazing costumes.  We even got to try some of them on.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – ARSHT CENTER

This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

An international hit with more than 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.” The Hollywood Reporter calls Priscilla “funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!”

Richard's New Look

Richard’s New Look

I could not help taking a break from my filming to try on one of those fabulous headdresses.

ELF The Musical Press Preview – Arsht Center

“Endearingly goofy!” – USA Today

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

We went to the press day preview at the Adrienne Arsht Center for their new play, the NUTCRACKER.

For the press showing, they give us a sneak preview of a few of the scenes and the director of the play shares some of his insights between the acts. This is a contemporary version for the whole family. Take a sneak peak with us here.

Richard from ArtsAndCultureTv.com attended press day at the Adrienne ‘Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ for the Miami premier of the Broadway show ‘Rock of Ages’.  A preview of the show for the press was set up on the Arsht Center stage while the load-in crew as actually building the set. Meet some of the cast, hear some great music, see some clips of the show and get a backstage tour of the second larges theatrical stage in the U.S.  ‘Rock of Ages’ plays in Miami at the Arsht Center for a limited run through October 14, 2012.

The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES features a mix of 28 rockin’ 80s tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. A five-time 2009 Tony® nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benetar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

This is a very intriguing play and we thought we would give you a little peak at some of the magic tricks. Keep in mind that there is also music, singing, dancing and of course acting.  Written and directed by The House Theatre of Chicago’s Artistic Director Nathan Allen, DEATH and HARRY HOUDINI delivers a roller coaster ride through the life of the great magician, Harry Houdini, and his life-long battle against Death. House Company Member and award-winning magician, Dennis Watkins, performs Houdini’s most renowned and dangerous escape—the dreaded Water Torture Cell—in this dark and tumultuous story guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. DEATH and HARRY HOUDINI plays in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House) as part of the Theater Up Close season.

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